Sheffield University reach £1m for ‘ground-breaking’ technology

Over one million pounds has been raised to bring “ground-breaking” medical technology to Sheffield.

The Sheffield Scanner appeal are aiming to raise two million pounds for a MRI-PET scanner and it will be the first in Yorkshire.

Michelle Moore, head of fundraising at the University of Sheffield said: “To echo the words of the Vice Chancellor Keith Burnett, we wouldn’t be where we are now without the generosity of everyone. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has raised funds or even bought a cake.” Almost £140,000 has been raised by the community.

Fundraisers showed their talents as they did a sponsored walk for 24 hours and knitted their way to help the appeal.

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Vice-President of medicine, dentistry and health at The University of Sheffield, said: “I know that many people contributing to this appeal have been affected by diseases that this scanner will help us treat in the future.”

There are only seven of these scanners in the UK.

Spokesman for the Sheffield Scanner Nick Kennard said the majority of scanners are used for dementia research.

The Sheffield Scanner will be used for research and prevention of dementia, cancer, heart disease and motor neurone disease.

Martin Brook, from the department of cardiovascular science, said: “I’ve seen the benefits of this technology first hand so I’m excited about the possibilities offered by the scanner.”

All donations to the £2 million fundraising campaign are matched by The University of Sheffield.